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Hayden Builds a New Home for Tony the Gorilla at Kiev Zoo

Hayden Panettiere is expecting her first child with her fiancé, Ukrainian boxer Wladimir Klitschko, and she’s already showing what a nurturer she is.

On a recent trip to the Kiev Zoo, the animal lover formed a bond with a gorilla named Tony. “I was being escorted around the backside of the monkey exhibits when there he was, a massive, furry, black creature that made even the Klitschko brothers look small!” Panettiere says in a note she posted online. “That’s when I met Tony the Gorilla. His fingers were as wide as soda cans; his biceps were each the size of my head, and when he stood up straight, I was certain he was King Kong.”

“Suddenly the most amazing thing happened, he walked over, sat down in front of me and stared into my eyes,” says Panettiere. “Looking back into his, I could see how wise, curious and deeply intelligent he was. He took one of his massive fingers, stuck it through the fence and gently, as if I were made of glass, touched my cheek, then my nose, and finally my lips. He pulled his finger back and smelled it! He did this repeatedly during my first visit with him while I fed him his favorite fruits; bananas and cherries.”

There was only one thing that troubled Panettiere about Tony – his home.

“Each time I walked away from his cage I realized how ridiculously small his enclosure was for such a large animal,” says Panettiere. “I could tell even his caretakers hated the conditions in which they were forced to confine him. There were very few toys to occupy his intelligent mind, and thick metal bars on almost all four sides; it looked like a prison cell.”

So the Nashville star rebuilt Tony’s home, providing him with much more room to roam and making space for activities and toys. “Not only did I do it for Tony, a deeply smart animal forced to only see the sky through bars for the past 16 years of his life, but for the people of Kiev who spend their hard earned money to take their families to the zoo for a great experience,” says Panettiere, who refers to Klitschko’s native Kiev as a second home to her.

And this isn’t the first time Panettiere has advocated for her non-human friends. In 2007, she joined an anti-whaling group to speak out about the mistreatment of dolphins.

“Animals have always brought me joy in my darkest hours,” she says. “Whenever I have gone through difficult times in my life, I have always turned to animals to find comfort, peace and happiness. They can be a small ray of sunshine in the darkest room. My hope is that Tony and his new habitat can bring a moment of comfort and joy to the people who visit him.

“Im so ready to hold my baby girl”

In a new interview with Hello! magazine, the actress is expressing plenty of enthusiasm for her upcoming arrival.

“I’m so ready to hold my baby girl—I’m going to be a very hands on mom,” she told the publication. “I’m thrilled that I am having a girl first because I feel like I know a lot about raising a strong woman. I feel very empowered myself and I think my daughter will, too.”

Panettiere, who recently showed off her baby bump in a revealing Halloween costume, is also going where not many celebs go. She’s talking about her weight gain while expecting.

“I’m 5 feet, 2 inches and I started out at 106 pounds and guess how much I weight now? Around 145 pounds,” she revealed. “And the worst part is that my feet are still size five and they’re going, ‘What’s going on with all this weight?’ They’re about to snap from underneath me with the strain.”

The actress believes much of the pounds can be attributed to water weight and her past experience of being a gymnast.

“I’m still quite muscular, so if you’re running around carrying 40 pounds of extra weight, you’re going to build extra muscle,” she explained.

No matter what size she is, Panettiere can count on both her mom and her man for much-needed support. When asked about Klitschko, the 25-year-old revealed, “He’s such a resilient guy. He’s so calm and patient. I have never even heard this man raise a voice.”

And although fans are still eagerly waiting for that beautiful wedding, Panettiere makes it clear that we will have to wait until the baby weight comes off.

“I’ll tell you one thing for sure: I am not walking down the aisle 40 pounds heavier than usual in a wedding dress with a huge pregnancy belly stitched in,” she said. “Not happening.”

Let’s be honest, she would still look absolutely pretty.

Interviews & Transcripts

We are currently working on the Interviews section of Hayden-Panettiere.Com where we will be transcribing and sourcing all of the best and rarest interviews with Hayden over the years. Head over to THIS PAGE to read what have already added and check back for more soon! The interviews range from 2005 (before her Heroes fame hit!), her infamous FHM interview to the more recent chat with Brides Magazine.

Interview with Hollywood Foreign Press

A radiant Hayden Panettiere is all smiles as she meets the Hollywood Foreign Press in Nashville, Tennessee. But life hasn’t always been a bed roses for her.

Acting since she was 11 months old, Panettiere was repeatedly subjected to scorn and derision by her schoolmates. As early as the first grade she was met with snide comments like, “Why does she get to skip school?” And later in middle school, she was punched in the face by an angry classmate.

But then at age 16, when she was cast as the invincible cheerleader in the hit TV series Heroes, and became an overnight star, the actress could put all that behind her.

She was romantically linked with her Heroes co-star Milo Ventimiglia, which they kept secret until photos of them dating were published in tabloids. However, the two denied there was any romance. Then there were photographs of her back-oiled on a yacht at the Riviera by 32-year-old Welsh TV star Steve Jones, who has previously been romantically linked to Pamela Anderson and Halle Berry.

Five years ago, she finally met the love of her life, once again a public figure: the charismatic world heavyweight boxing champion from Ukraine, Wladimir Klitschko. Although it was a turbulent courtship, the two of them announced their engagement last October, and months later confirmed that they are expecting a daughter.

Meanwhile, after years of failed projects, Panettiere’s career suddenly hit its stride. Cast as Connie Britten’s rival in the hit TV series Nashville, the 25-year-old is such an essential part of the show, the producers agreed to incorporate her pregnancy into the story line of her character.

How is the pregnancy going?

Actually it’s been really great. First trimester you’re definitely sleepy, definitely exhausted, but I don’t even think it hit me quite as hard because I’m used to feeling that way. I have been craving salt so I’ve lived on chicken noodle soup. I have gained – I started out 106lbs (48kg). Guess how much I weigh now? I’m 145lbs (66kg) but my feet are still a size 5.

Will Wladimir be joining you in Nashville?

No, he’s in Europe, but there’s a reason he’s not here. I wish he were. He’s such a resilient guy. He is so calm and so patient – he has never raised his voice. He just remains quiet and calm and easy, and I get to sit there and use him as a punching bag (laughs).

How tough was it letting the Nashville production team know you’re pregnant?

It was tough because in the beginning you have to wait. You have to wait at least 12 weeks because you’re very much in the strike zone. So that was tough, but when I finally did tell them, they had time enough to write (the pregnancy) into the show.

So, who is father on the show?

They won’t tell me! The script writers have a few tricks up their sleeves.

How are you coping with the paparazzi, who are always on your trail?

Fortunately in Nashville you don’t really have to deal with them. But you have to get very protective of yourself. And when there are crowds pushing channelled in front of you, you definitely go into a mother bear mode. But I’m not hiding it neither am I creating more tension where they want to get at you even more because you’re not giving them what they want or what they think the public wants. So I’m a happy medium.

How similar are you to the character you play in Nashville?

I love this role, and I feel I can relate so much because I was a young girl growing up in this industry. I have definitely made my share of mistakes, whether in public or behind closed doors so I can relate to her.

And like your character Juliette, were you burned by the media as well?

Oh, absolutely. People had very preconceived notions about the kind of person I was supposed to be. Guilt by association. I came up in the generation of the wild child. People my age were making very public mistakes or decisions and choices, and that’s what I was supposed to be doing.

So when I was 16, and Heroes came into play, literally overnight I had all that attention on me. They were waiting for me to fall on my face, make the same mistake that a lot of people had made. I’ve had to fight against stereotyping for a very, very, very long time. I don’t know that I’ve overcome it yet.

Boxing is such a brutal sport. Are you secretly hoping Wladimir will quit after the baby is born?

I want him to do whatever he wants to do. I think a great relationship is when you each have your own individual goals and lives, and they meet gracefully in the middle. I would never want to be the reason why he quit – that’s his choice and his call.

I’ve seen this man over the past five or six years become better and better at what he does in a sport where getting older usually diminishes you. And boxing is not only about the physicality of it; the mental strength is equally important, and both of those things are just now being perfected by him.

I have so much respect for him, for what he does, his wisdom. He’ll know when it’s time – he’s a big boy. He can take care of himself. I have that kind of faith in him, and when he fights I’ll be there as his biggest fan.

Are you guys planning a wedding in the Ukraine?

Right now with everything that’s going on, it’s like the farthest thing from my mind. It’ll happen when it happens. Take my word for it. I am not walking down the aisle 40lbs (18kg) overweight in a wedding dress. Not happening.

Wladimir Klitschko gushes over Hayden and their Baby

Wladimir saying some beautiful things about Hayden and their baby! Aww….


Klitschko also couldn’t help but gush about his leading lady, saying,

“She’s an amazing person and I’m more than sure that she’s going to be an amazing mom. Her wish to become a mother and have a child [was something] she’s been mentioning and telling me about a lot. You know, every dream will eventually come true and she’s going to be more than an amazing mother.”

Is Hayden expecting her first child?

Hayden’s headed to mommyhood! Hayden Panettiere is pregnant and expecting her first child with fiance Wladimir Klitschko, a source reveals exclusively in the new issue of Us Weekly.

“Hayden is totally pregnant!” the insider tells Us of the Nashville star, 24, who has been engaged to Klitschko, 38, for a year.

On and off since meeting at a book party in 2009, the Heroes alum and her 6-foot-6 boxer beau dated for two years before splitting in 2011. By the spring of 2013, however, they were back together and ready to spend the rest of their lives with each other.

Speaking about her future with Klitschko in an interview with the May 2013 issue of Glamour just a few weeks after Us broke the news of their engagement, the petite blonde actress expressed her desire to start a family.

“I’ve lived a very big life, and I don’t feel my age, and I feel like I was born to be a mother,” she said. “Sometimes people speak about [having kids] like, ‘Your life ends—you’re never going to be able to do anything again!’ And I’m like, ‘What are you talking about?’ Motherhood is the most beautiful, exciting thing, and there’s nothing that I feel like I can’t accomplish while having children in my life.”

She even joked about what her kids with Klitschko might look like. “He’s got bowlegs and I’ve got knocked knees, so they’re going to have straight legs,” Panettiere quipped during an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in November 2013. “And they’ll be normal height.”

Hayden talks to D Magazine

I recently interviewed Hayden Panettiere, who was in town to celebrate the opening of Belk at the Galleria. I was unsure of what to expect. How would she stack up against her current role as the occasional-diva country singer Juliette Barnes on Nashville? But from the moment she walked into the room, in a Trina Turk dress and stilettos, she was all smiles and jokes. The interview started off with an unexpected compliment—she spotted myflorescent pink Cambridge Satchel Company bag and gushed about how she loves the hue. By the end of the interview, I felt like I was chatting with a good friend (with whom I share a love of Cards Against Humanity, Shel Silverstein, and Italy). Read on to get all the details on my newest girl crush (and soon, yours too).

Margaux: Is this your first time in Dallas?
Hayden: It’s not my first time in Dallas, but my first time in a while. I haven’t spend an exorbitant amount of time here.

M: What are you wearing right now?
H: Trina Turk.

M: Do you feel a lot of pressure being a style role model?
H: Yes, because it’s definitely not what I signed up for. I mean, I know it comes with the territory. But especially with my body type, because it’s not like I can just throw anything on. I really have to think about what’s best for my type and try to make myself look much taller and longer than I am. It’s taken many years to get the hang of it, and I’m not sure that I’ve fully gotten it. There is room for a lot of mistakes. Trial and error, and of course, it’s going to be splashed all over Google for the rest of your life.

M: Is there a fashion trend you have regretted wearing?
H: Oh, which one? I mean, when I was younger, there was those necklaces that looked like wires. They were plastic and strechy. There are several photos of me wearing them. I also feel like fake tattoos were in.

M: Do you have any clothing items or accessories you can’t live without?
H: I have a fuzzy cashmere sweater that I got when I was sixteen. They used to have to chase me around and pull it off me and promise it’d be back by the end of the day so they could dry-clean it. I still have it, years later. It’s one of those things where I’ll lose track of it for a second, then I’ll go back to it.

M: What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re kicking back and relaxing?
H: When I have time to relax, I really relax. I love to lounge on the couch. I love to barbecue with my friends. We also play Cards Against Humanity. If you ever have a dull moment, just pull out Cards Against Humanity.

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